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Edible Gifts: Speedy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Fudge

Everyone loves a bit of Fudge, and it’s one of those sweets that can have endless flavours added.

I have a bit of an obsession with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, you know those tasty wee cups of goodness in the bright orange wrappers? As far as I know they are made by Hershey’s, the American candy company.

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Lately I got my hands on the dark chocolate peanut butter cups, and they were beyond delicious!
This fudge is almost like a recreation of these bad boys, except in a smoother texture with a hint of Vanilla.

For this recipe I used Aldi smooth peanut butter which when made into the fudge, tastes very similar to the soft peanut butter in the Reese’s cup.

You can use milk or white chocolate if you wish.

Speedy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Fudge

(makes approx 12-18 portions depending on desired cut)

120g Irish Butter
360g Brown Sugar
300ml Icing Sugar
200g Peanut Butter (smooth)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
100ml Milk
100g Dark chocolate
50ml Double cream

Method:
Melt the butter slowly over a medium heat in a non-stick saucepan.
When melted, add the brown sugar and the milk and stir well. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 1 minute.
Remove from the heat and add the peanut butter and vanilla essence.
Beat in the icing sugar, ensuring there are no lumps.
Pour the thickened mixture into a small square dish (about 9×9 inch) lined with cling film, and chill until firm.
Melt the chocolate and cream together, beat well and pour over fudge.
Place back in fridge until the chocolate hardens.
When firm, cut into squares and enjoy!

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9 thoughts on “Edible Gifts: Speedy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Fudge

  1. Ohhhh….yes….yes…yes…Reese’s peanut butter cups! You’re right and I agree, Val. Beyond delicious! :) They still remain my all-time favourite chocolate treat. I’ve always been a peanut butter addict to begin with, with chocolate being next in line as far as favourite sweets go, so it’s a match made in sweet treat heaven.

    I’ve never tried Aldi’s peanut butter (it’s got to be better than Lidl’s, though – which is up there with the worst tasting peanut butter I’ve ever tasted), but will pick some up the next time I’m in the area in Sligo. My favourite peanut butter has always been Skippy’s (hard to get in Ireland, but I’m pretty sure Kate’s Kitchen in Sligo did stock it for a while) or, here in Ireland, Panda brand is pretty decent – do you believe me now when I say I’m a peanut butter fiend? :)

    The recipe does look pretty easy to follow, and it would definitely make a lovely foodie gift (Christmas time or any other time), Thanks for sharing this, Val. Yum! :)

  2. Oops! I think I’ve posted this twice! On your blog, Eithne, as well as Val’s (MagnumLady)’s blog. No worries, though – this recipe is yummy-sounding enough to want to leave a comment in two separate places. :) Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. Thanks Val, I hope it goes well! :)
    Hi June, you seem to be a Peanut butter fiend alright!! :) Haha!
    I like the Panda brand myself, and I have recently discovered that you can actually get a Reeses Peanut Butter in a jar (only in the States it seems but I shall investigate more!)
    Have you tried the white and dark chocolate Reeses Cups? I love the dark ones, I am yet to try the white ones.
    I may treat myself for Christmas ;)

  4. I’ve not even seen, never mind tasted either the white or dark chocolate versions of Reeses cups…but I’m on a mission now that you’ve told me. :) Have you ever tasted Skippy? Back in the US, there were two peanut butter ‘camps’ – Skippy or Jif. Same thing with Oreos vs. Hydrox cookies. For me, it had to be Skippy and had to only be Oreos. So silly, but oh, the fun and yummy memories. :)

  5. Iv’e not ever had Skippy, or Jif! I would love to try them. I will have a look on the web to see if I can track them down. Although Fallon & Byrne in Dublin are known to have lovely imports in from America, I must have a peek next time I’m up in the big smoke! :)

  6. I’m pretty sure, or at least almost positive, that Kate’s Kitchen in Sligo has Skippy. Or at least, used to have Skippy.Not sure if they ever had Jif. They also had Oreo cookies, if memory serves me. I’ve never been to Fallon & Byrne, but you’ve piqued my American foodie curiosity :)

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